Wrestling picks up 1st win, splits four matches

By Danny Albers

Redshirt sophomore Shawn Scott was the lone NIU wrestler to win all four of his matches as wrestling earned a split at the EMU Duals.

The Huskies (2-5) beat the Olivet Comets (0-3) and the Clarion Golden Eagles (0-4) and lost to the Edinboro Fighting Scots (3-1) and the Chattanooga Mocs (3-0), Saturday at the EMU Duals in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Scott registered a quartet of wins at the 197-pound weight class, helping lead the Huskies to their first win and a 2-2 record over the weekend.

“I thought Shawn Scott had a great day,” said head coach Ryan Ludwig. “I think he wrestled some great competition. That’s the name of the game in our early season matchups. That’s what we want to do; we want to get our lead performers some great competition and build their case for the NCAA Championships.”

The first match NIU participated in was against Div. III powerhouse Olivet. The Huskies looked dominant to start their day, shutting out the Comets, 44-0.

Senior Derek Elmore (125), junior Andrew Morse (157) and redshirt Arthur Bunce (285) registered pins in the shutout victory. Five Huskies won by major decision and two won by decision.

“We were focused on coming out and getting to our attacks first,” Ludwig said. “Our guys did a great job of that, and the results followed.”

The Huskies’ second match didn’t see them sharing the same fortune they had against Olivet.

The No. 14 Edinboro Fighting Scots, the defending Eastern Wrestling League champion, defeated the Huskies with ease, 40-3. The only victory in the match for the Huskies was by Scott, who won by decision, 7-2.

The Huskies’ third match was against their toughest opponent on the day in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga, the defending Southern Conference champ, brought in three ranked wrestlers who picked up a win in a 34-9 rout of the Huskies. Morse scored his first pin of the season, and Scott picked up the only other win in the Huskies’ third dual.

“As opposed to Edinboro and Chattanooga, we’re just focused on building our defense,” Ludwig said. “We need to turn the corner in some aspects. I don’t think it’s physical, but [it’s the] mental part of our game. I think we’re starting to make some of the necessary changes that we need to make.”

The Huskies’ second and final win of the day came against Clarion, 31-7. Scott picked up his fourth and final win, a 13-4 major decision, to finish 4-0 on the day.

The match was kicked off with two pins by Elmore and redshirt freshman Jordan Northrup (133).

The Huskies will wrestle at home for the first time this season when they host the Huskie Duals 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

“It will be nice. We’ve been on the road all month,” Ludwig said. “I think it will be refreshing for us. I think the guys are fired up about that, to be able to sleep in their own beds and go out and compete in front of the home crowd.”